Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley, Volume 2

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D. Appleton, 1900 - 541 pages

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Page 95 - And hear the blessed mutter of the mass, And see God made and eaten all day long, And feel the steady candle-flame, and taste Good strong thick stupefying incense-smoke!
Page 294 - Now whatever is intelligible, and can be distinctly conceived, implies no contradiction, and can never be proved false by any demonstrative argument or abstract reasoning a priori.
Page 319 - As for the strong conviction," he says, "that the cosmic order is rational, and the faith that, throughout all duration, unbroken order has reigned in the universe, I not only accept it, but I am disposed to think it the most important of all truths.
Page 19 - Christian honors by this burial in the Abbey *• George Eliot is known not only as a great writer, but as a person whose life and opinions were in notorious antagonism to Christian practice in regard to marriage, and Christian theory in regard to dogma. How am I to tell the Dean that I think he ought to read over the body of a person who did not repent of what the Church considers mortal sin, a service not one solitary proposition of which she would have accepted for truth while she was alive?
Page 65 - It is a curious thing that I find my dislike to the thought of extinction increasing as I get older and nearer the goal. It flashes across me at all sorts of times with a sort of horror that in 1900 I shall probably know no more of what is going on than I did in 1800. I had sooner be in hell a good deal — at any rate in one of the upper circles, where the climate and company are not too trying.
Page 263 - I do not hesitate to express my opinion that, if there is no hope of a large improvement of the condition of the greater part of the human family ; if it is true that the increase of knowledge, the winning of a greater...
Page 198 - It is quite conceivable that every species tends to produce varieties of a limited number and kind, and that the effect of natural selection is to favour the development of some of these, while it opposes the development of others along their predetermined lines of modification.
Page 253 - ... the blind opponents of properly conducted physiological experimentation, who prefer that. men should suffer rather than rabbits or dogs, and partly from those who for other but not less powerful motives hate everything which contributes to prove the value of strictly scientific methods of inquiry in all those questions which affect the welfare of society. I sincerely trust that the good sense of the meeting over which your lordship will preside will preserve it from being influenced by these...
Page 300 - ... is a fact in the history of the nineteenth century which the twentieth will find hard to believe; though, perhaps, it is not more incredible than our current superstition that whoso wishes to write and speak English well should mould his style after the models furnished by classical antiquity.
Page 379 - ... Predestination, should be, as the Thirty-Nine Articles say, of 'sweet, pleasant and unspeakable comfort' to those who understand the inevitable and beneficent laws of the Universe. Huxley opposed this theory and attacked Spencer in his Romanes lecture Evolution and Ethics (1893) which, he said, was 'really an effort to put the Christian doctrine that Satan is the Prince of this world upon a scientific foundation.

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